Can you tell I’m ready for a four-day weekend? Sorry.
Annapurna Restaurant – located on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge – serves authentic Himalayan cuisine in a rather non-authentic setting. The tiny restaurant has about 12 tables, with several television sets mounted on the walls (I forget if they had the sound on or not on this particular evening). While the TVs are random, the oddness of them somehow adds to the restaurant’s quirky charm.
The food, though, is quite good – and Annapurna’s menu offers a slew of options for vegetarians and omnivores alike. And if you order your food spicy, it is actually quite spicy (but not my-mouth-is-on-fire spicy, which is nice).
On my second visit to Annapurna a few weeks ago, I started my meal with a bowl of Roasted Veggie Soup ($4), made with carrot, zucchini, cauliflower, onion, ginger, garlic and Himalayan herbs.
For the table, we ordered Potato Naan ($4) and Plain Naan ($3) to have with our meals. The potatoes in the Potato Naan were baked right into the bread. Do I even need to tell you how good that tasted? I didn't think so.
I used my share of the naan to scoop up an order of Aloo Gobi Mutter ($10), made with cauliflower, potatoes, and peas cooked in fresh tomato and onion with Himalayan spices.
I asked for my Aloo Gobi Mutter "spicy," and spicy it was. The tomato broth the veggies were served in was also wonderfully seasoned. This was an all-around comforting, flavorful dish.
I really enjoy Annapurna Restaurant for its tasty food, various menu options, reasonable prices, and friendly service. I know we will be back again soon (perhaps to watch the evening news with some freshly-baked naan?).
I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!